School students hear from university experts

Over 100 of the region’s highest achieving school students were invited to college on Friday 18th October to hear from experts at Newcastle University.

The youngsters were briefed on what it takes to secure university places and careers in some of the most competitive fields; including medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences.

The pupils, from Grangefield School, Ian Ramsey School, Our Lady and St Bede RC School, Northfield School, St Michael’s Catholic Academy and St. Patrick’s Catholic College, discussed expectations of university admissions tutors and the importance of enriching their education with extra-curricular activities and voluntary work.

Angeline Keightley, head of the college’s Pathways to Clinical Sciences group, said: “For highly competitive university courses such as Medicine, universities don’t just take in to account A-level results, but GCSE results, too.

“It is extremely important that students are aware of the requirements it takes to succeed in a particular field from a young age, so they can work hard and be committed to achieving at every level.

“We are thrilled to be able to give our local partner school students this opportunity and hope it inspires them to fulfil their potential and be successful in their future careers.”